Choosing a major while you’re still in high school can feel like a huge decision, especially if you aren’t sure what you want to study or what career you want to explore. While you don’t need everything figured out, choosing 2-3 majors you like will help you pick colleges that fit your academic interests. Here are some tips to help you choose a major:
Think about your interests and strengths.
Think about what you like doing in your free time and what subjects you enjoy. Look for majors that use those strengths.
Read about different majors.
Check out My Majors in Encourage to learn about majors and the colleges that offer them. See which classes you could take within each major and which majors match specific careers. Use this information to build a list of majors perfect for you.
Consider your career goals.
What careers interests you? Use My Careers in Encourage to explore thousands of careers based on your interests. Learn about the training paths and education requirements for each career.
Talk to people who work in jobs that interest you.
Reach out to people who work in careers that interest you. Ask them about their experience and the education you need for that specific field.
Take a variety of classes.
Take classes in different subjects to learn what you enjoy and where you do your best work. You may discover some new classes you love!
Get to know your high school counselor.
Your high school counselor can help you understand your college and career options. They can provide guidance and information about majors, careers, colleges, and academic requirements.
Visit college campuses.
Visit your favorite college campuses during school breaks. Take informational tours, talk to current students about their experiences, and ask academic advisors about the school’s majors and programs.
Choosing a major is exciting and personal to you! Choose a major that matches your interests, career goals, and values. You’ve got this! Encourage is here to help.